Law / Liberty

Snowden: Trump Must Veto Reauthorized NSA Spying Powers In Light Of FISA Memo
Snowden
ZeroHedge | Donald Trump must veto reauthorized NSA spying powers which passed both the House and the Senate yesterday without a single reform, in light of an explosive four-page memo said to detail sweeping FISA Abuses by the FBI...
Congressman Confident Bombshell FISA Abuse Memo Will Be Released Soon
INfowars.com | Congressman Matt Gaetz told Fox News this morning that the bombshell FISA abuse memo, which some claim could end the Mueller investigation and lead to top officials going to jail, is set to be released soon. The...
House Spending Bill Changes Law to Let Trump Administration Secretly Shift Intelligence Money
DOD
TheIntercept | The House spending bill released Wednesday would allow President Donald Trump, or people under him, to secretly shift money to fund intelligence programs, a break with 70 years of governing tradition. Since 1947,...
After Basically No Debate, And No Opportunity For Amendments, Senate Votes To Expand NSA Surveillance
Key Hole
TechDirt | As was unfortunately expected, after a very short (and fairly stupid) debate that was full of misleading statements that focused more on "but... but... terrorism!" than anything substantive, the Senate has voted for...
The Justice Department Helped a County Prosecutor Target the Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists
noDAPL
TheIntercept | Nine months after pipeline opponents in Washington state staged a protest that blocked freeway traffic, Facebook ended a protracted legal standoff with a county prosecutor, turning over detailed records on the...
Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification, the “NSA Reigns Supreme”
Sound
TheIntercept | At the height of the Cold War, during the winter of 1980, FBI agents recorded a phone call in which a man arranged a secret meeting with the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C. On the day of his appointment, however,...
Democrats Also Voted to Shut Down Debate on Trump Administration’s Surveillance Powers
Capital
TheIntercept | A critical mass of Senate Democrats voted with Republicans on Tuesday to shut down any further debate on a bill that strengthens the government’s spying powers. The bill would renew a key surveillance authority for the...
CIA rendition flights from rustic North Carolina called to account by citizens
Rendition FLight
TheGuardian | A year after he was released from captivity in Guantánamo, Binyam Mohamed received a letter from Christina Cowger, an agricultural researcher from North Carolina. Enclosed was a petition of apology signed by nearly 800...
NYPD Union Sues To Stop Release Of All Bodycam Footage Because It Violates Officers’ Civil Rights
Body cams
LawandCrime.com | The largest police union in New York City is suing Mayor Bill De Blasio in order to stop the release of any and all body camera footage obtained by officers with the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”). The...
House votes to renew FISA program, following mixed messages from Trump
FoxNews | The House voted Thursday to renew a key foreign surveillance program after a heated floor debate, amid mixed messages from President Trump about his support.  The renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence...
Twitter Security Engineer Reveals 'Big Brother' Practices
ProjectVeritas | San Francisco) A Project Veritas undercover investigation has revealed a senior network security engineer at Twitter stating that his company is “more than happy” to turn over the private communications and deleted...
Ron Paul: Just Say No to Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions
RonPaulInstitute | Attorney General Jeff Sessions kicked off the New Year by reversing the Obama-era guidance for federal prosecutors to limit their enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana for medical...
FBI Chief FOIA Officer: "Every Single Memo Comey Leaked Was Classified"
ZeroHedge | As James Comey trots around the country on his book-selling tour, tweeting bible quotes and nature scenes, a less serene series of events is playing out in Washington D.C. which suggests the former FBI Director may be...
Jeff Sessions to end policy that let legal pot flourish
Jeff Sessions
APNews | WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told...
House Rejects Amendment To Curb Surveillance Powers
NSA
ZeroHedge | Update: Despite having the support of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, the so-called Amash amendment - also known as the USA Rights Act - has been rejected by the House.   Amash-sponsored USA Rights amendment on FISA...
Private Prison Continues to Send ICE Detainees to Solitary Confinement for Refusing Voluntary Labor
Solitary
TheIntercept | Officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia locked an immigrant detainee in solitary confinement last November as punishment for encouraging fellow detainees to...
NSA Surveillance Bill Would Legalize Loophole That Lets FBI Spy on Americans Without a Warrant
McMaster
TheIntercept | With major NSA surveillance authorities set to expire later this month, House Republicans are rushing to pass a bill that would not only reauthorize existing powers, but also codify into law some practices that critics...
Justice Department ‘Looking Into’ Hillary Clinton’s Emails— Again
Hillary Clinton
DailyBeast | Justice Department officials are taking a fresh look at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of State, The Daily Beast has learned. An ally of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who...